Sinnott steps down as CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare; Harvath named interim president


Daniel Sinnott, CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare, is resigning after nearly three years of leading the Wilmington hospital.

Effective July 31, Brandon Harvath, who currently serves as chief operating officer of Saint Francis Healthcare, will succeed Sinnott as interim president.

Sinnott, left and Harvath

Sinnott returned to Saint Francis Healthcare in 2017 to again serve as president and CEO of the hospital after holding these titles from 1998 to 1999. He also previously served as chief operating officer of the health ministry from 1990 to 1995.

“We are grateful for Dan’s many contributions to Saint Francis Healthcare over the years,” said James Woodward, CEO of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. “Dan has been instrumental in Saint Francis Healthcare’s significant growth and clinical excellence, and we will miss his guidance, strategic focus and friendship. In particular, we have appreciated his leadership as he guided the Saint Francis team during our battle against COVID-19.”

Harvath has served Saint Francis as chief operating officer since April 2019. Previously, he served as vice president of operations for Wilmington- and Pittsburgh-based Highmark. He also previously held leadership roles for Cigna, Independence Blue Cross and MBNA American Bank/Bank of America.

Following Sinnott’s departure, Harvath will be the interim leader of day-to-day operations for Saint Francis Healthcare. In this capacity, Harvath will serve on the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic Regional Leadership team and as the management representative to the Saint Francis Community Board and Medical Staff Executive Committee.

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is working to identify a formal successor to Sinnott and plans to make a selection and announcement later this year, a release stated.

Further information on Saint Francis Healthcare and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, is available at

Founded in 1924, Saint Francis Healthcare has219 licensed beds in Wilmington.

The hospital is the basic life support EMS provider for the cities of Wilmington and Dover. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a Regional Health System that includes Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby, Pa.; Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Philadelphia Campus in West Philadelphia; Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia; Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington; St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. and home health and LIFE programs. Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic is a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.

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